Grenada
May 21
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GEOGRAPHY

Area 345 sq.km. One larger island north of Trinidad and some of the Grenadine islets south of St. Vincent. The most southerly of the Windward Islands in the West Indies.

Population Ann.Gr. Density
2000 93,717 +0.34% 272 per sq. km.
2010 97,453 +0.41% 282 per sq. km.
2025 104,647 +0.51% 303 per sq. km.

Capital St. George's 27,000. Urbanites 34%.

PEOPLES

Afro-Caribbean 96%.

East Indian 3%.

Euro-American/Other 1%.

Literacy 85%, functional literacy nearer 35-40%. Official language English.

ECONOMY

Major economic activities are tourism and agriculture (spices, cocoa, bananas). Gradual recovery from the disastrous post-independence flirtation with Marxism. A free market economy today, growing at around 6% annually. Unemployment 20%. HDI 0.777; 52nd/174. Public debt 35% of GNP. Income/person $2,900 (10% of USA).

POLITICS

French rule 1650-1783, when ceded to Britain. Independent in 1974 as a parliamentary monarchy. Independence has proved stormy with bizarre dictatorships, repression and two increasingly Marxist coups; the last of which provoked the US invasion of 1983 and restoration of democratic government. A stable constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democratic form of government since then.

RELIGION

There is complete freedom of religion.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Christian 97.00 90,905 +0.3%
Rastafarian/Spiritist 1.30 1,218 +1.9%
Hindu 0.70 656 +1.8%
non-Religious 0.50 469 -4.8%
Muslim 0.30 281 +4.1%
Baha'i 0.20 187 +0.3%

Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 23 24.94 23 +1.6%
Independent 4 4.85 5 +2.0%
Anglican 1 11.74 11 -0.7%
Catholic 1 56.55 53 -0.3%
Marginal 5 2.35 2 +2.3%
Unaffiliated   2.17 2 n.a.
Doubly affiliated   -5.60 -5 n.a.

Churches MegaBloc Cong. Members Affiliates
Catholic C 20 29,121 53,000
Anglican A 25 3,846 11,000
Seventh-day Adventist P 29 8,627 10,500
Pentecostal Assemblies P 22 1,600 2,600
New Test. Ch of God P 13 900 1,800
Methodist P 10 962 1,750
Jehovah's Witnesses M 8 631 1,300
Foursquare Gospel P 4 700 1,000
Presbyterian P 9 620 876
Baptist Convention P 5 344 700
Open Bible Std P 4 400 700
Evang Ch of W Indies P 9 350 650
Christian Brethren P 8 200 340
Church of God (And) P 4 150 210
Other denoms [20]   62 3,800 7,700
Doubly affiliated     -2,800 -5,250
Total Christians [34]   233 49,500 88,900

Trans-bloc Groupings pop. % ,000 Ann.Gr.
Evangelical 18.0 17 +1.4%
Charismatic 13.2 12 +1.5%
  Pentecostal 11.1 10 +1.8%

Missionaries from Grenada
P,I,A 3 in 2 agencies.

Missionaries to Grenada
P,I,A 22 in 9 agencies.
C 20.



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Answers to Prayer

1 The traumatic events of 1974-1984 still have reverberations two decades later, but praise God for stability and the healing of many of the pains and divisions of society.

Challenges to Prayer

1 Much of the population is nominally Catholic because of the earlier French legacy, but Evangelicals have steadily grown in numbers and influence since independence. The major problems to be faced:

a) Lack of unity and suspicion between denominations which result in little cooperation in outreach and missions. Pray for a closer fellowship and common vision to increase.

b) Widespread nominalism even in evangelical congregations. The illegitimacy rate is 82% and there is little known of a stable two-parent family – in part a tragic legacy of the slave culture of earlier centuries.

2 Pray that Grenadian churches might begin to assume more responsibility and initiative in evangelism and church planting.

3 Missionary vision is lacking. Pray for the YWAM team which is seeking to train and send out West Indian missionaries to unreached peoples elsewhere in the world.

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